High Point Theatre Announces 2018-2019 “Passport to Entertainment” Lineup
High Point, North Carolina – For 43 years, the High Point Theatre has provided the Triad community with a diverse selection of world-renown artists and creative performances. The Theatre’s intimate atmosphere and professional lighting and sound continue to make it one of the Triad’s best venues for live performance. Featuring a total of 16 critically acclaimed musicians, skilled dancers, rib-tickling comedians and family-friendly nostalgic performances, including a dazzling array of holiday shows, the Theatre’s 2018-19 “Passport to Entertainment” lineup will provide the highest quality entertainment experience for every guest.
Community can expect world-renown musicians, creative dance productions, holiday classics and nostalgic family-friendly shows at High Point Theatre.
The season kicks off Fri., Sept. 14, when the legendary slide guitarist Bill “The Sauce Boss” Wharton stirs up a foot-stomping combination of blues, Cajun, rock and country, while putting together a big batch of Gumbo, live on stage, for all to sample. Jimmy Buffett’s 1999 hit “I Will Play for Gumbo” chronicled this legendary performer.
Since their first visit to the U.S. in 1981, the Scottish group, Tannahill Weavers, has been taking the musical community by storm. One can expect traditional melodies on pipes, flute and fiddle, driving rhythms on guitar and bouzouki, plus three- and four-part vocal harmonies, all performed with a lively Celtic spirit. Friday, September 28.
On Fri., Nov. 2, the “Queen of Sass” Aubrey Logan will bring an exciting blend of jammin’ trombone and nothing-held-back, multi-octave vocals! Having toured with Postmodern Jukebox for two years and featured in over 150 shows, she is crushing musical barriers with her quirky jazz vocals mixed with R&B, neo-soul, rock and pop.
Winner of 10 Grammy Awards, and with millions of records sold worldwide, The Manhattan Transfer will return to the Triad to kick off our holiday season. The skillful ensemble is set to showcase their amazing versatility by performing a delightful combination of holiday favorites and recent works. The Manhattan Transfer Holiday Concert, Friday, November 30.
Continuing with that very special holiday feeling just one day later, Sat., Dec. 1, Theatre patrons will be treated to a mix of beloved Christmas favorites and nostalgic solid-gold classics with An Olde English Christmas with Herman’s Hermits featuring Peter Noone. Always witty, interactive and delightfully entertaining, you do not want to miss this legendary English band, live in concert!
It’s become a holiday tradition for many Triad families to attend a performance of the joyful, dream-inspired story of The Nutcracker or Land of the Sweets, a shorter version created specifically for younger audiences. Swirling with heroic toy soldiers, sword-fighting mice, and glittering Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, this classic is beautifully presented by the High Point Ballet. Performances are scheduled Dec. 20-23.
Prepare to be engaged and exhilarated, as the Theatre kicks off the New Year on Sat., Jan. 19, with The Koresh Dance Ensemble: Inner Sun & Other Works. Breaking through the boundaries of traditional choreography, technically superb dancers will perform a program of original, critically-acclaimed dance pieces.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Thurs., Feb. 14, the Theatre proudly presents An Evening with The Branford Marsalis Quartet. NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominee, Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. Original music, replete with expressive melodies and provocative forms, makes for a performance thoroughly fitting for this most romantic occasion!
Next up, on Thurs. evening, Mar. 7, two iconic TV personalities – Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie) and Hal Linden (Barney Miller) – bring star power to the Theatre stage in their presentation of the late A.R. Gurney’s poetic, elegant, and profoundly touching story about the power of the written work, Love Letters starring Barbara Eden and Hal Linden.
Fri., Mar. 8, multi-ethnic pop songstress Gina Chavez invites the audience on a journey of discovery of her own Latin roots through a passionate collection of bilingual songs traversing cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton and folk, combined with dynamic vocals and sharp social commentary.
Fans who loved the comedy of Russian-born entertainer Yakov Smirnoff throughout his 40-year career on television will experience the hilarity once more with his insightful and laughter-filled philosophies on love, relationships and gender differences. Yakov Smirnoff: The Happily Ever Laughter Tour, coming Tues., Mar. 26.
Greensboro-native Billy “Crash” Craddock has experienced phenomenal world-wide success with nine #1 singles, countless top 10 charted singles, performed at the Grand Ole Opry, and toured to sold-out crowds. Back by popular demand, Billy “Crash” Craddock will return to the Theatre for a repeat engagement on Sat., April 27, performing some of his greatest hits – “Knock Three Times,” “Rub It In,” and “Ruby Baby,” to name a few.
Throughout the 2018-2019 season, the Theatre has teamed up with the High Point Community Concert Association to present a series of supremely talented classical artists. In 2018, the hand-bell choir, Raleigh Ringers, is set to dazzle the audience with its unique interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music, on Sunday, November 11; followed by the Sons of Serendip, finalists on season 9 of America’s Got Talent, who will perform a rich combination of harp, piano, cello and voice, Tuesday, November 27. In 2019, Christian Howes, one of the world’s most respected jazz violinists of his time, will grace the Theatre stage with an electrifying program of violin music, Sunday, January 27; with the “six cats” of The Queen’s Cartoonists closing out the series, offering a tour-de-force of the Swing Era’s zaniest and most creative music, much of which was adapted for or written for classic cartoons. We would like to encourage everyone to come out to support music education and music preservation by attending each of these outstanding live performances!
“I hope the community enjoys our diverse lineup of artists and performances scheduled during the Theatre’s 2018-2019 Passport to Entertainment season,” says High Point Theatre Director David Briggs. “Celebrating our 43rd year of operations, our focus continues to be on providing every supporter with an exceptional entertainment experience.” For tickets and information, please call the High Point Theatre box office at (336) 887-3001 during regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 12 noon–5 PM) or visit our website at www.highpointtheatre.com.
About High Point Theatre
Owned and operated by the City of High Point, the High Point Theatre is conveniently located within the International Home Furnishings Center at the corner of Commerce Avenue and Hamilton Street in High Point. The Theatre features an elegant 965-seat auditorium with continental style seating, three exhibition galleries for meetings, displays, and receptions, and free parking.